By Ken Stern 

Tulip tourists swarmed La Conner last week


April 26, 2022

ENJOYING THE DAY – La Conner was full of cheerful people on Saturday. With the sun shining, this family in Gilkey Square stopped to watch boats sail by in the Swinomish Channel. – Photo by Marissa Conklin

Saturday was the most crowded day of a tourist-filled week in La Conner. By midday there was not a parking spot to be had on First Street and the public lot below Maple Hall was filled. Curbs on Morris and side streets were filled. Every day last week large tour buses turned up North Third Street to park at the La Conner Marina.

But it wasn’t just retirees and seniors who came to town. Lots of bikers, both of the pedal variety in a wide array of neon colors, mostly helmeted, and gas-powered motorcyclists rolled through the roundabout. Riders on the 2022 Tulip Pedal Bike Ride’s three rou...

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